By Matt Micucci
This year marks the 19th edition of the longest-running jazz festival in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. It will celebrate five nights of free concerts, Nov 4-8, in the towns of Santiago, Sousa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete and is presented by FEUDJAZZ, the education foundation that provides free music education for youth of the Dominican Republic, and the Dominican Ministry of Tourism.
This year the Dominican Republic Jazz festival is pleased to announce that Matt Marvuglio, Dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music, and Marco Pignataro, Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute are joining the Artistic Advisory Board for the festival, and will also serve as advisors to FEDUJAZZ.
In addition, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Student Group, will also be taking to the stage with a performance of their own on Nov 6 at Puerto Plata. They will be joining a rich lineup that features such fine acts as The Big Band Conservatory of Santo Domingo, Manuel Tejada, David Sanchez, Josean Jacobo, John Patitucci and the Pedro Martinez Group to name but a few.
Since its inception, the renowned cultural event has presented internationally renowned musicians such as Ignacio Barros, Joe Lovano, Ray Barreto, Horacio”El Negro” Hernandez and Arturo Sandoval, among many other talents.
The festival is free, but VIP Tickets are available, enabling priority seating, complimentary beverages, and other festival perks with proceeds benefiting the music foundation FEDUJAZZ.
For more information on the 19th edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, visit their official website ->http://drjazzfestival.com/<-